Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What Is Manual Therapy?
  2. What is "Integration of Manual Therapy and Emotional Synthesis"?
  3. How is Manual Therapy different from Physical Therapy?
  4. What is Emotional Synthesis?
  5. How much will Manual Therapy and Emotional Synthesis cost?
  6. How much will Kundalini Yoga and Pilates cost?
  7. How much will massage therapy cost?
  8. Will my manual therapy be covered by insurance?
  9. How long will it take for me to get better?
  10. Why should I receive manual therapy for my injury?
  11. How long will I need to do specific exercises?
  12. After my injury, how much activity am I allowed? Can I continue my regular exercise program?
  13. Can my pain be controlled without pain medications?
  14. Is "no pain, no gain" true for manual therapy?
  15. Is the recovery process painful?
  16. Do you treat chronic pain, such as myofascial pain and fibromyalgia?
  17. Can I begin manual therapy if I'm seeing a chiropractor, physical therapist or other providers?
  18. Who can refer me to a Manual Therapist?
  19. What should I wear to my appointment?
  20. Does Taos Khalsa Health Center have a Patient Privacy policy?
  21. Is there parking by the Clinic?
  22. What are the directions to the Clinic?
  23. How do I schedule an appointment?
  24. What happens during an online Skype healing session?

1. What is Manual Therapy?
Manual Therapy is a comprehensive and intergrated approach that yields profound results in returning the human body to optimal health using hands-on techniques to maximize the body's own self-healing potential. Manual Therapy is used to treat injured or unhealthy tissue. For more, click >here.<

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2. What is "Integration of Manual Therapy and Emotional Synthesis"?

Physical symptoms and the emotional state are a complete package. Manual Therapy and Emotional Synthesis works via the concept of Whole Body Connection – Mind, Body, Spirit. This is a powerful therapy that yields profound results in returning the human body to optimal health.

Manual Therapy practitioners use advanced yet gentle palpation techniques to "listen" with their hands. In doing so, they determine whether each system is in optimum flow or suffers from dysfunction and impediments.

Deep-seated behavior patterns based in emotional trauma can be released by eliminating old belief systems and attitudes.

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3. How is Manual Therapy Different from Physical Therapy?
Integrative Manual and Emotional healing is a hands-on technique, distinctly different from other modalities such as massage or classic physical therapy. Patients remain fully clothed. Gentle pressures, extensions and rotations are systematically applied to release blockages and other dysfunction. In addition to reducing symptoms, manual therapy differs from many conventional physical therapies by identifying and healing the ultimate source of the pain. The treatment process is as powerful yet subtle and non-aggressive. Manual therapy uses mechanical stimulus to create improvement in the function and structure of injured cells, which causes healing of damaged tissue and reduces pain. Deep healing occurs over time with improved vascular and lymph circulation, hormones and organ system, nervous system and mechanical function of your body.

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4. What is Emotional Synthesis?

This is a fusion of all the levels of releasing emotion to enhance effectiveness of the treatment process. During this process, the practitioner assists you in clearing limiting beliefs and attitudes, and dissipating and releasing the emotional body by using special techniques. Emotional traumas include: Traumatic injuries and accidents involving death, releasing past emotional and physical attachment, phobias, emotional disorders, birth trauma and post traumatic stress syndrome, etc.

Emotional Synthesis healing techniques include: • Neuro – Visceral – Emotional release • Somatic/Emotional ReleaseSat Nam Rasayan (Ancient Healing Techniques from India) • Heart Centered TherapyReading Ahashic Records Reading the Etheric RealmHeart-Centered Therapy • Transcendental Healing (Skype healing sessions available)

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5. How much will manual therapy and emotional synthesis cost?
The cost of therapy ranges from $125 to $175 per hour. Initial evaluation is minimally an hour and a half to two hours. We can give you an estimate of the cost and length of treatment after you have come in for your initial evaluation.
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6. How much will Kundalini Yoga and Pilates cost?

A single Private Pilates class costs $50. For a series of eight private Pilates classes, the cost is $320.00. Mat Classes in Yoga and Pilates cost $120 for a set of eight classes.

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7. How much does Massage Therapy cost?

$65 for Taos area locals, $75 for out-of-towners.

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8. Will my manual therapy session be covered by insurance?
Yes. We take Workmen's Comp and car insurance. A large number of insurance plans cover manual therapy treatments. Check with your insurance plan administrator to find out if Manual Therapy is covered.
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9. How long will it take for me to get better?
The healing rate is unique to each individual, depending on your condition and your constitution. Other factors include the severity of damaged tissue, how long you have had your injury (if you have one), your nutrition and eating habits, whether or not you've had trauma, your emotional state, the state of your immune and endocrine systems, your genetic predisposition and other factors.
When we do an evaluation, we cover mind-body-spirit, and we will include these factors in our evaluation. If appropriate, we can refer you to a physician or alternative medicine practitioners who can address specific needs, such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, nutritionists, exercise/physiologist, yoga and Pilates instructors, etc.
Your daily exercise program and your response to manual therapy techniques will also help us to estimate how long it could take for you to regain function and heal; however, remember, it's impossible to say exactly how long the process will take. From previous experience, we can say it may take 6 hours or longer.
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10. Why should I receive manual therapy for my injury or condition?
Manual therapy will assist you in achieving recovery and restoring you back to full balance and harmony.
A physical injury damages your muscles, nerves, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, connective tissues, vascular and lymph systems, and blood vessels. It is a challenge for your body to restore everything back to normal. In fact, the repair process may not be fully completed after therapy; your body goes through a compensation, detoxification, and mind-body-spirit integration period to adjust itself to the corrections being made. It can take time for your tissues to recover and regenerate. During the recovery, even if the pain is gone, you still may develop scar tissue, adhesions, or a weak tissue structure that is susceptible to re-injury.

Manual therapy shortens the healing process and helps you recover more completely. The sooner you receive manual therapy, the sooner you will get better. Why postpone it? Putting off receiving manual therapy can lead to further inflammation and pain, unnecessary scar tissue, and increased risk of re-injury.
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11. How long will I need to do specific exercises (maintenance)?
The body needs to be retrained in its energetic and physical alignment, so it can be in harmony, integrated with the rest of the body. The length of any specific exercise program depends on the stage of your injury and the overall health of your connective tissue. However, it is important to remember that connective tissue cellular repair takes up to one year.

Maintenance exercises include: yoga, stretching, Pilates, etc. The exercises we give you depend on your needs.
Most of our clients progress to an independent home exercise program that they continue to do daily, after finishing therapy in the clinic. The acceleration of your healing depends upon your diligence in taking care of yourself. Remember – only the first stage of healing is being out of pain.
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12. After my injury, how much activity am I allowed? Can I continue my regular exercise program?
We suggest you Increase your activity level gradually under the supervision of your therapist. Ultimately, the goal of your manual therapy is to allow you to return to your prior activities without pain. Depending on the condition or injury, your activity level will need to be modified. This is to allow optimal healing and prevention of re-injury. Trying to do too much too soon could increase your tension, stiffness and inflammation, reversing the effect of the healing process.

After evaluation, if we think continuing your regular exercise program (Pilates, yoga, etc) would be beneficial, we will encourage you to continue, depending on the seriousness of your condition and recovery time. A gradual transition is key to returning to your normal routine.
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13. Can my pain be controlled without pain medications?

Manaul Therapy can be used to alleviate, correct or eliminate pain. It depends on the injury. Pain starts from connective tissue injury, because the tissues and structure are stressed and inflamed. We suggest yoga and Pilates exercises to flush inflammatory substances out of the injured area. The result will be diminished pain; then, rebuilding the tissues and correcting the joint mechanics, we can further reduce pain or even eliminate it.

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14. Is "no pain, no gain" true for manual therapy?

Absolutely not. We use indirect or direct techniques to correct tissue, muscle, etc. imbalances. There might be tightness and soreness when beginning treatment or exercise, but the manual therapist is trained to"listen" to the tissues, rather than overpower the tissues, to correct imbalances in the body. We give the body space to heal, rather than force it. This is an important feature of manual therapy: we do not push the body to heal.

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15. Is the recovery process painful?
Yes, it can be, if you overdo it. Although our goal is to relieve pain, the recovery process can be intense as the body learns to adapt to this new activity level. It's important not to reinjure yourself by pushing yourself through the healing process. If you haven't had much physical movement before or during the healing process, you'll go through a period where you may feel the resistance due to the incapacity of the body to move in a balanced, harmonious way. If you continue to push and drive the body to heal, the body may resist healing in order to guard against continued injury, therefore causing yourself to be in pain, because of muscle contraction and guarding, inflammation, and restricted range of motion. This leads to continuation of the pain cycle and inappropriate movement patterns that can lead to further injury. In addition, chronic inflammation weakens connective tissue and leads to scar tissue formation. It's important to listen to your therapist and your own guidance during your exercise program in order to avoid pain. There may be tightness or sore muscles as you heal, but that will be different from sharp pain of the injury. It may take a while to stretch scar tissue.

There is a natural process of healing in the human body, and you need to listen to it. Going too fast or too strong can reinjure your previous injury.
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16. Do you treat chronic pain, such as myofascial pain and fibromyalgia?
Yes.

Chronic pain is a complex syndrome involving the entire body, including connective tissue, circulatory and nervous systems, endocrine system, nutritional status, immune system, and emotional state. Chronic pain can be caused by physical trauma, emotional trauma, toxicity, chemical sensitivity, or endocrine or digestive disorders. We are experienced in treating chronic pain, myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic structural pain, organ pain, nerve pain, muscle pain etc.
Manual therapy can lower your pain threshold by reducing the nervous system's sensitivity. It can also promote circulation to enhance oxygenation which reduces pain-causing biochemicals and muscle spasms.
Because chronic pain can have a number of causes, we often work with other specialists, physicians, and alternative practitioners to better assist you with pain management.
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17. Can I begin manual therapy if I'm seeing a chiropractor, physical therapist or other providers?
Yes, manual therapy is effective when being treated simultaneously by other practitioners. We work with a team of practitioners to assist you in the healing process.
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18. Who can refer to a manual therapist?
Medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists and osteopathic doctors can refer you to a manual therapist. A referral for manual therapy is not needed, UNLESS this treatment is covered by insurance.

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19. What should I wear to my appointment?
Wear comfortable, loose clothing. You can wear shorts if you like.
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20. Does Taos Khalsa Health Center have a patient Privacy Policy?

Every individual session with a patient, and what the patient shares with me in the course of our session, is kept strictly confidential. If we need to speak with other practitioners about a patient, we get your permission to do so in writing beforehand.

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21. Is there parking by the clinic?

Yes, we have plenty of parking, handicap ramp, and covered porches.

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22. What are the directions to the clinic?

Click >here< for maps to our Taos and Santa Fe locations. See phone numbers below for more information.

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23. How do I schedule an appointment?

Visit our Get Started page.

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24. What happens during a Skype consultation?

Click >here< for more information.

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